Feminine allure in the movies – 50 of the best

July 13, 2016 Alan Royle 4

  These days if a man mentions that a woman looks ‘hot’ or ‘desirable’, he runs a very good chance of being labeled a ‘sexist’ by that annoying, nameless bunch that take it upon themselves to decide for the rest of us what is politically correct and what is not. […]

Harold Lloyd – bigger than Chaplin?

July 11, 2016 Alan Royle 0

  Harold Lloyd was a giant in silent comedy films during the fledgling days of the movie industry, yet today he seems all but forgotten. There was a time, however, when his name was mentioned in the same breath with the likes of Chaplin, Keaton and Arbuckle, and he was […]

Did you know? (I)

July 9, 2016 Alan Royle 2

      Dina Merrill Born in New York in 1927, Dina Merrill has oozed class all her life. Her pedigree demanded it. She is one of that rare breed born with a silver spoon in their mouths who managed to remain unspoiled throughout their privileged lives. Her father was […]

Did you know? (H)

July 7, 2016 Alan Royle 4

    David and Merle At the Hollywood Criket Club circa 1936 David Niven and the exquisite Merle Oberon were in the throes of their quite public affair when they starred together in the 1936 film Beloved Enemy. Merle was on the rebound from her romance with Leslie Howard, her […]

Tom Sizemore – a great talent wasted.

July 5, 2016 Alan Royle 0

    Tom Sizemore – Saving Private Ryan Tom Sizemore’s drug problem was common knowledge in the movie business when he was given the chance to perform in Saving Private Ryan (1998) by Steven Spielberg. ‘Steven said he was going to give me a second chance, but that he would have […]

Did you know? (G)

July 3, 2016 Alan Royle 4

    Olivier & Leigh If you look closely at the long shots of Elizabeth Taylor in Elephant Walk (1954), you can see they are actually of Vivien Leigh, the actress she replaced four weeks after filming began. Miss Leigh had a major breakdown on the set, suffering memory loss […]

Did you know? (F)

July 1, 2016 Alan Royle 4

    Tony Curtis circa 1948 ‘I was 22 when I arrived in Hollywood in 1948’, Tony Curtis stated in a 2002 interview with gay magazine, attitude. ‘I had more action than Mount Vesuvius – men, women, animals! I loved it too. I participated where I wanted to and didn’t […]

Did you know? (E)

June 29, 2016 Alan Royle 0

  When British actor Benedict Cumberbatch used the term ‘coloured people’ on American television in January 2015, he inadvertently opened up a can of racist worms. It almost defies belief that this young man was attacked for using the term whilst in the middle of personally condemning the inequality that […]

Did you know? (D)

June 27, 2016 Alan Royle 3

    Recently I watched a British WW2 drama made in 1953 called Appointment in London (aka Raiders in the Sky). It was pretty good, too, although the final segment (a bomber raid on Germany) was drawn out far too long. The cast was first class with Dirk Bogarde, Ian […]

Did you know? (C)

June 25, 2016 Alan Royle 4

    The 1934 picture Bolero teamed Carole Lombard and George Raft for the first time. True to Hollywood form they were soon embroiled in a steamy affair. Raft was renowned in Tinsel Town for being a ‘sexual technician’. When asked by a reporter to name Hollywood’s greatest lover, Carole […]